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Yes, Vampire Diaries' Ian Somerhalder Knows Exactly How He'll Look In 15 Years

The Vampire Diaries Season 8 actor Ian Somerhalder as Damon Salvatore looks shocked
(Image credit: The CW)

Doppelganger! Remember when The Vampire Diaries used that word so many times, Damon Salvatore said he'd have to learn how to spell it? Actor Ian Somerhalder has something of an A-list doppelganger, he's just about 15 years older.

Ian Somerhalder was recently on The Kelly Clarkson Show to talk about his Netfilx show V Wars and also to talk about his new bourbon line with his Vampire Diaries Salvatore brother Paul Wesley.

But while on Kelly Clarkson's show, Ian Somerhalder's fellow guest Chynna Phillips randomly asked if Ian was ever mistaken for Rob Lowe. Everyone laughed, because the resemblance is definitely there. And it's especially funny because Ian Somerhalder has heard about the resemblance before -- from Rob Lowe himself. But, really, Ian's wife and V Wars co-star Nikki Reed heard about it up close and personal. Here's the story Ian told on the show:

Rob is awesome. He was so sweet, he walked up to my wife, he walked up to Nikki Reed at a -- I think it was a Golden Globes party or something. She'd never met him. He grabbed her face and said, 'This is what you're going to be looking at in 15 years.' He was so sweet and respectful about it. But she -- but any woman who is that close to Rob Lowe is sort of like 'Whoa.' But it was really sweet, he's a sweet man, it was awesome.

Nice! Not everyone gets a preview of how they'll look in 15 years. Sure, old age makeup can give you a hint, or looking at an older relative. But looking at Rob Lowe? That's one way to see how you'll age.

Rob Lowe is 55-years-old, turning 56 on March 17, and he looks incredible. Ian Somerhalder is 41, so there are indeed 15 years between them. If Ian Somerhalder does end up looking like the 9-1-1: Lone Star actor and Parks and Recreation alum, it would literally be amazing.

Watch that Kelly Clarkson Show clip below. (I feel bad for Ian Somerhalder that he could barely get a word in.)

Here's more of Ian Somerhalder on the show, with Kelly Clarkson fangirling all over him because she loved The Vampire Diaries. And apparently Chynna Phillips loved Twilight. Somerhalder also talks about starting a company with Paul Wesley, with the Salvatore brothers launching their bourbon line. And he also gets into V Wars, which has all 10 episodes of Season 1 now streaming on Netflix.

You might've missed Paul Wesley on Kelly Clarkson's show last month, promoting Tell Me A Story Season 2 on CBS All Access:

I do feel like Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley should be on another TV show together. It doesn't have to be Legacies, and as much as I'd love to see Damon Salvatore again, it probably shouldn't be Legacies since Stefan Salvatore needs to RIP. It could be V Wars Season 2, if Netflix orders a V Wars Season 2. Or Tell Me A Story Season 3 from Vampire Diaries co-creator Kevin Williamson.

But what about a rom-com or some other show? Let's think on this, 'cause Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley really did play well off each other for eight seasons of the Vampire Diaries and I'd love to see them switch roles to show range, but still have fun.

Obviously Rob Lowe would have to be cast as Ian Somerhalder's older brother. I don't think he's quite at dad age yet, but hot older bro or uncle works.

Gina Carbone
Gina Carbone

Gina grew up in Massachusetts and California in her own version of The Parent Trap. She went to three different middle schools, four high schools, and three universities -- including half a year in Perth, Western Australia. She currently lives in a small town in Maine, the kind Stephen King regularly sets terrible things in, so this may be the last you hear from her.